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Friday, September 03, 2010

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Ready for the Close Up


Publishing a book is like being adrift in a raft at sea for months and months, and then waking up to find a super-freighter bearing down on you at 25 knots. At least that's how it's felt the last several weeks, scrambling to supply various kinds of promotional copy for the Riverhead Summer 2011 catalog and line up a photographer to take my author photo. The latter came together the way everything with the birthing of this book has come together: the exact right person appearing at the exact right time. By chance or destiny, I stumbled across Whitney's blog one day, and knew I'd found someone with the eye--and the heart--of a storyteller.

We met for the first time last night, but I've never had more fun or felt more at ease with a photographer. It didn't hurt that I had two of my best friends along to make me smile, and look out for unzipped zippers and rogue cowlicks. God knows, it takes a village.

We wrapped up at dusk, feeling celebratory. I can't wait to see and share the results. In the meantime, here's a few behind-the-scene peeks, and a bonus feature--the official, oh-my-God-it's-really-happening title of my book:

(drumroll please)

Planting Dandelions: Field Notes from a Semi-Domesticated Life.

By me, if you can believe it. I hardly can.






Blogger jen said...

Wow, this is so exciting! What a ride! It's been so fun to follow your story via the blog all these years, and see your hard work come to fruition.

I know I've said it before, but congratulations! I can't wait to read it.

9:48 AM  
Blogger RW said...

me too.
super glad for you!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

You so totally rock!! But I've known that for quite a while. Can't wait to get a copy of YOUR BOOK!!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Janie B said...

I'm so happy for you and your success. I wish I could get my book published, but I don't have it in me to keep trying. Can't wait to read yours!

9:21 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Squee! How wonderful!

1:33 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Can't wait to read it.

And also, I love the pics of the pics. And your boots!

7:39 PM  
Blogger No New is Good News said...

Some gorgeous! And I LOVE the title. I have the fondest memories of calling up Nanny Stuckless to testify for me during a prison-rules competitive game of Scattegories. I needed her to clarify that dandelion greens were indeed 'food'.

Nanny stepped up to the plate and while she was at it verified 'doublet' for me. Such a doubting crowd those game players were.

You will of course let us know how to get a copy of your book, right? xo Tara

9:44 PM  
Blogger Mariellen said...

That misty light is perfect and the colours on you are completely delicious. The story is all as we know and photos, in video and as you know better than most, the written word.

Looking forward to the book. But breathe in the meantime too - you've earned it.

3:40 PM  
Blogger AnnDeO said...

Congratulations. I visit your blog to enjoy your essays - I am now excited to read your book.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Oh Kyran. So thrilled for you for so many reasons. The thrill of ending one path of this book journey, culminated with a fab photo shoot (you look gorgeous, dahling) and delicious book title.

Cannot wait to buy my copy.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Self Taught said...

The photos look like they're going to be perfect. I love that you just happened to come across this photographer. I love when life works out that way.
I'm a true fan of your blog.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Kate The Great said...

I can totally believe it. Your blog is one of my favorites. You deserve all the well-being and success we feel toward you.

Somehow, your success means I'm going to have success myself. Just because I read you.

10:50 PM  

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